Our stay was for 5 nights during Thanksgiving week in November and on our first visit to Hong Kong while en route to Beijing.
I didn't expect anything more than a hostel, but we were pleasantly surprised - it is indeed a Guesthouse with some Hotel amenities.
The Anne Black Guesthouse is situated in a dated skyscraper on a busy intersection of Waterloo road. The entrance is around the corner and up a steep hill, across the basketball court (or as a short-cut on the escalators located in the library building that you pass).
It's an easy and pleasant 15-min walk from Mongkok Station - even with luggage - and recognizable from afar.
The lobby looks like there was an attempt to give it somewhat of a modern appeal - in contrast to the building itself - is small but well suited for a Guesthouse and void of any frills.
The elevators are small, but adequate.
The room was dated, spartan with twin beds, a sink, small closet, small desk and a TV on top of a small fridge - and clean, with crisp white linens.
On the desk a tray with water-cooker, tea, instant-coffee etc. which we used frequently.
(But only after having overcome the initial shock over the "coffee" offered, us coming from the "Latte-Capital" of the world ;)
I felt really lucky with our room located on the quiet side of the building and not facing noisy Waterloo Road.
The bathroom across the hallway was absolutely bare, no frills whatsoever, no outlet for your grooming tools - the only amenity was a small mirror - But it was clean and everything functioned.
The staff are helpful, pleasant and efficient.
No problem with WiFi, available in the lobby and adjacent restaurant only.
The Guesthouse, including the restaurant - and in particular the lobby - can be a "zoo", as it seems to be the preferred accommodations and assembly point for droves of young teenagers from neighboring countries on their school excursions.
The adjacent restaurant is apparently a local favorite, dated, a bit shabbily decorated in a true "Elvis" theme - LOL- and of course well equipped for karaoke, if one should desire so and throw a party !
It is fun and perfectly safe to roam the area at day/night and find great places to eat all the wonderful offerings of local Chinese cuisine.
Conclusion: As far as I can tell a pretty good deal for a Hong Kong budget-stay in a prime location - glad I took the opportunity and surely will be back here for another stay in this wonderful city !
Thumbs up and wholeheartedly recommended (if you're not too picky) !
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- Also Known As:
- Anne Black Guest House (Ywca) Hotel Hong Kong
- Guest House Hongkong
- Anne Black Hotel Ywca
- Anne Black Guest House (YWCA) Hong Kong